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Oxford Plastics Inc. Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured

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Oxford Plastics Inc. Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured

Ministry of Labour

Woodstock, ON - Oxford Plastics Inc., a manufacturer of plastic products, was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On March 19, 2010, at the company's Embro, ON facility, a worker was making an adjustment to a machine that held large coils of plastic tubing. The worker was underneath the plastic tubing when one of the coils fell off. The worker was struck and injured. A second worker was also injured trying to assist the first.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the coils had not been secured against tipping or falling.

Oxford Plastics Inc. was found guilty of the following:

  • Failing to ensure that the coils of plastic tubing were secured against tipping or falling
  • Failing to take the reasonable precaution of securing or blocking the motion of the coils while a worker was underneath
  • Failing to take the reasonable precaution of conducting a hazard analysis on the machine in question

The fine was imposed by Justice Thomas McKeogh. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Court Information at a Glance

Location:                    Ontario Court of Justice

                                    415 Hunter St.

                                    Woodstock, ON

Judge:                         Justice Thomas McKeogh

Date of Sentencing:     November 23, 2011

Defendant:                   Oxford Plastics Inc.

Matter:                         Occupational Health and Safety

Conviction:                  Ontario Regulation 851, Section 46

                                    Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 25(2)(h)

Crown Counsel:           Alicia Gordon-Fagan

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